Second panel session from the event “Seeking Harmony and Compassion: Pastoral Care and LGBTQ+ Orthodox Faithful,” held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus on October 13, 2023.
Panelists include Fr. Jerry Hall, Dr. Bryce Rich, Elizabeth Tzagournis, and Fr. Harry Pappas.
As Orthodox Christians, we are called, first and foremost, to love all—for “God is love.” But the reality for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Orthodox Christians today is that their relationship to the Church is defined not by love, but by apathy, exclusion, and condemnation. We must, as a faith, choose love and compassion—to “love thy neighbor”— instead. This requires no change of faith, but a fuller, more compassionate understanding of what our faith in loving God truly requires of us. The Church is at a crossroads. We offer this symposium in love and faith, praying that the road we choose is the right one—the one that leads to God.
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